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Unread 01-19-2021, 06:49 AM   #1
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Kerdi and tile installer in metro Detroit area

Hello all. I'm trying to find someone who works with Schluter products in metro Detroit area. I got estimate from a couple of tile installers for my basement bathroom project but nobody had previous experience with Kerdi and I don't want to risk it by hiring someone who is not familiar with the Schluter system. If anybody knows of a tile installer who works with Schluter/Kerdi system in metro Detroit area please let me know. Thanks in advance
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Unread 01-31-2021, 01:36 PM   #2
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We are out of Livonia / Farmington Hills area and use Schluter and Laticrete
You can email us at tiledetroit@gmail.com if still intreasted .
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Unread 01-31-2021, 01:40 PM   #3
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So, Steve, we can assume the reports of your death were exaggerated?
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Not at all CX, all true but us Irish have been known to have many lifes.
Hope all is well.
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All is well here and I hope the same for your end. Do feel free to stop by more often.
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thats my intentions
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Joco, I can't say this about a lot of installers. But Steve would have my nod any to work on my own house anytime.
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Thank you Steve. I sent you an e-mail.
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Well after long search of a Schluter/Kerdi installer I hired a CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) who also attended Schluter workshop and this is what I got I asked him why he didn't put kerdi band on the washers he said: "You don't need it". He said that the water will slide from the wall tiles into the drain and the grout will prevent the water going behind the tiles So disappointing. By the way he has more than 20 years of tile setting experience.
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That was/was not Maloney Tile, Joco?

Kerdi Fix on the Kerdi Board fasteners is a manufacturer approved method of treating the fasteners, but that looks more like thinset mortar rather than Kerdi Fix. That correct?

He's certainly not correct about water not penetrating the grout joints and getting behind the tiles.

I'm seeing in your photo an open gap at the top of your set tiles. Were those tiles "spot bonded" to the walls?

A photo or two showing a bit more perspective would help. Like to know how large and the location of that bunched-up bit of Kerdi in you last photo.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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"That was/was not Maloney Tile, Joco?"
No it was not Steve. I never got quote from Steve since he was very busy and at least 5 months out.
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"Kerdi Fix on the Kerdi Board fasteners is a manufacturer approved method of treating the fasteners, but that looks more like thinset mortar rather than Kerdi Fix. That correct?"
Yes it was thinset mortar.

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"I'm seeing in your photo an open gap at the top of your set tiles. Were those tiles "spot bonded" to the walls?"
I'm not sure about that. I was working so I didn't have time to see what he was doing.
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"Like to know how large and the location of that bunched-up bit of Kerdi in you last photo."
The location was at the furthest from the drain.
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"My opinion; worth price charged."
The price wasn't an issue. All the 4 contractors I got quote from were within $200 price difference. I selected him because he was certified tile installer with more than 20 years of experience and experienced installer of Schluter.
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This does not look promising from a longevity side. He needs to return his CTI certification and Schluter certificate.
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"My opinion; Worth price charged" is my standard disclaimer, Joco, nothing at all to do with your project.

I'm thinking what you got for a shower installation may well not have been worth price charged, though.
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"My opinion; Worth price charged" is my standard disclaimer, Joco, nothing at all to do with your project.
LOL sorry about that.

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This does not look promising from a longevity side.
Yeah that's what I thought. Good thing this is in the basement, so barely will be used. It just sucks I searched so long for somebody to do it right and on the end I got crappy result.

I might just use it as a show room LOL
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